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Death-Seeker’s Shadow (Legendary)

Jarrod Garripoli

Hunter Bows are versatile, mid-range weapons with moderate speed and accuracy, and deal average Impact and Tear damage. This page will contain information on the Death-Seeker’s Shadow.

Aloy preparing to fire an Advanced Shock Arrow


A bow gifted to Death-Seekers before they set out from the Nora Sacred Land, never to return. Its arrows strike as hard as stone, downing those who must be brought to justice.

Where to get the Death-Seeker’s Shadow

Location Cost
The Maw of the Arena; Dukkah 80 Arena Medals

The Death-Seeker’s Shadow can be purchased from Dukkah, at The Maw of the Arena. In order to gain access to this NPC, you will need to have finished The Kulrut story mission. Once you have done this, you can find a pair of NPCs at The Maw of the Arena that give you an errand to reopen the Arena itself. You only need to speak with the NPCs, named Kalla and Dukkah, to gain access to Dukkah’s wares, so you don’t need to actually complete the errand to reopen the Arena. She will be marked on the map with a medal icon and is close to where you first encountered her. Speak to her, then select the option to Trade Medals to see the list of items she has, one of which will be the Death-Seeker’s Shadow.

The Death-Seeker's Shadow is one of two legendary Hunter Bows

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Stats

Advanced Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 52 52 55 57 62 69
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 207 214 225 242 258 279
Advanced Shock Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
AdvancedShockArrowIcon.png Shock 34 35 36 38 41 45
ShockBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Shock Buildup 211 219 230 247 264 286
Targeting Hunter Arrows Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
TargetArrowsIcon.png Targeting Arrow 6 6 7 7 7 8

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
Critical Hit Chance 5% 5% 15% 15% 15% 15%
Shocked Enemy Damage 10% 10% 10% 25% 25% 25%
Knockdown Damage 15% 40% 40%
Critical Hit Damage 15% 40%
  • Critical Hit Chance: Increases the chance to land a Critical Hit.
  • Shocked Enemy Damage: Increases Impact and Explosive damage against enemies in the Shocked state.
  • Knockdown Damage: Increases damage against knocked down enemies.
  • Critical Hit Damage: Increases Critical Hit damage.

How to Use the Death-Seeker’s Shadow

The Death-Seeker’s Shadow is one of the best Hunter Bows in the game, for its raw Tear damage and ability to break off machine parts. It is also a great bow to use whenever you need to inflict the Shocked status. If you are facing an enemy weak to Shock, then you will probably want to use this bow. The third ammo type, the Targeting Hunter Arrows, are situational and only really need to be used if you are overriding machines. As such, the lack of a third proper ammo type does knock this bow down a little bit, in terms of overall usefulness.

How to Upgrade the Death-Seeker’s Shadow

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats 600x Metal Shards, 1x Luminous Brainstem, 2x Slitherfang Primary Nerve, 5x Slitherfang Earthgrinder, 2x Tideripper Circulator
II Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 800x Metal Shards, 2x Luminous Brainstem, 2x Tideripper Primary Nerve, 3x Tideripper Tail Fin, 2x Thunderjaw Primary Nerve
III Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Perk 3 Unlocked 1000x Metal Shards, 3x Luminous Brainstem, 1x Apex Thunderjaw Heart, 3x Thunderjaw Tail, 10x Tremortusk Tusk
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Perk 4 Unlocked 1200x Metal Shards, 4x Luminous Brainstem, 2x Tremortusk Circulator, 1x Apex Tremortusk Heart, 2x Fireclaw Sac Webbing
V Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot 1500x Metal Shards, 5x Luminous Brainstem, 2x Slaughterspine Circulator, 2x Apex Fireclaw Heart, 1x Apex Slaughterspine Heart

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Rank I Upgrades:

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Luminous Brainstem: Very rare drop from most powerful and advanced machines.
  • Slitherfang Primary Nerve: Rare drop from a Slitherfang.
  • Slitherfang Earthgrinder: Detach the Earthgrinder from a Slitherfang (the gears on the front). Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.
  • Tideripper Circulator: Uncommon drop from a Tideripper.

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Rank II Upgrades:

  • Tideripper Primary Nerve: Rare drop from a Tideripper.
  • Tideripper Tail Fin: Very rare component from a Tideripper. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.
  • Thunderjaw Primary Nerve: Rare drop from a Thunderjaw.

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Rank III Upgrades:

  • Apex Thunderjaw Heart: Guaranteed drop from an Apex Thunderjaw.
  • Thunderjaw Tail: Legendary component from a Thunderjaw. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.
  • Tremortusk Tusk: Legendary drop from Tremortusks. Must be detached before the machine is destroyed.

One possible location for a Thunderjaw

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Rank IV Upgrades:

  • Tremortusk Circulator: Uncommon drop from a Tremortusk.
  • Apex Tremortusk Heart: Very rare drop from an Apex Tremortusk.
  • Fireclaw Sac Webbing: Rare component from a Fireclaw, if you leave the Blaze Unit intact.

Death-Seeker’s Shadow Rank V Upgrades:

  • Slaughterspine Circulator: Uncommon drop from a Slaughterspine.
  • Apex Fireclaw Heart: Guaranteed drop from an Apex Fireclaw.
  • Apex Slaughterspine Heart: Guaranteed drop from Apex Slaughterspine.

Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
hfwprecisionarrowicon.jpg Advanced Hunter Arrows Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
TargetArrowsIcon.png Targeting Hunter Arrows Assigns target for overridden machines
AdvancedShockArrowIcon.png Advanced Shock Arrows Deals ShockDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Shock Damage. Deals ShockBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Shock Buildup


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2022
  • Last Updated
    31 March 2022
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This guide for Horizon Forbidden West includes the following:

  • A Walkthrough for Main Quest
  • A Guide for all Errands, Side Quests and Cauldrons
  • An in depth analysis for Weapons and Armor.
  • Information on all new and returning Machines
  • How to find and complete all four Melee Pits
  • How to unlock and complete all stages of the Arena
  • How to find and override all five Tallnecks
  • Locations on all Collectibles
    • Ornaments
    • War Totems
    • Vista Points
    • Survey Drones
    • Signal Towers
    • Black Boxe

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